Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Review & Giveaway - To Find a Viking Treasure by Gina Conkle

 To Find a Viking Treasure

By Gina Conkle

GENRE: Historical Romance



Survival’s in his blood…

Rough-souled Brandr’s ready for a new life far from Uppsala, but the Viking has a final task —protect the slave, Sestra. Her life's full of hardship…until she learns the location of a treasure. With war coming, stealing the enemy's riches will save lives, but only one man can defend her —the fierce Viking scout, Brandr.

The two have always traded taunts, now they must share trust. Passions flare as secrets unfold, leading one to make a daring sacrifice on their quest To Find a Viking Treasure



Brandr sliced the oars through water…back and forth, his body’s motion hypnotic and smooth. “Go ahead. Talk to me.”

The Viking could be a mystical warrior dressed in black against waning fog, his graveled voice working a kind of silken magic. Sun shined through clouds, the pearled orb anointing his head. Perhaps Odin did send Brandr to save the day.

Wraiths rose up from the channel as if to push them along. Did the Norse gods want them to succeed? She didn’t believe in Odin and his Valkyries, but the stories Vikings spun at night entranced her.

“You could tell me what you’ll do with your reward,” she said.

He snorted. “I said you could talk to me. Not the other way around.”

“That’s not how it works. People take turns talking and listening to each other. It’s called conversation.” She angled her head coyly. “Vikings can do it. I’ve seen it happen.”

Brandr squinted at tree tops rising above the mist. “Never been much for talk.”

“Your mouth never stops when trading jibes with me.”

His chuckle was raspy and low. “You have a way of loosening my tongue.”

To her shame, his laugh cut a scorching path through her body and her legs fell open under her skirts. Her knees were heavy, and she left them open.

“You’re a warrior long in service to Lord Hakan. Surely you’ll get a bigger reward than a handful of coins?”

His tarnished silver eyes pinned her. “Maybe I get you.”


Headstrong Sestra is a slave working in a tavern in 1022 AD. She has been a slave all of her days. She knows no other life so she does not even dare dream of something better for herself. Her current mistress has just sold her and the mystery of her fate from the moment she discovers her life is to change is overwhelming. To whom does she belong? What will her life become? With no control over her own person, it allows no yesterday or tomorrow just today. Her life's course is held at the whim of another.

Sestra lives in a time and place of Vikings where men are fierce and free women are just as strong.  Brandr is a Viking who gives all appearances of being on no one's side other than his own. But appearances can be and, as in most historical romances, are deceiving.  The country is in turmoil as the king has been banished and the throne seems to be up for grabs. No one really wants war and yet war is a way of life for Norsemen.  Before her new owner can claim Sestra, however, she and Brandr set out to find a treasure and help their unseated king. She hopes to buy her freedom. Brandr has other things in mind.

Although I struggled with a few words and names, I enjoyed investing myself into the history, the narrative, the rich descriptives and, of course, the romance.  I give this wonderful book 3.5 stars! ~JoEllen


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Hi, I’m Gina Conkle and I write Viking and Georgian romance, which makes for interesting characters in my head. I grew up in southern California and despite all that sunshine, I love books over beaches and stone castles over sand castles. Now I live in Michigan with my favorite alpha male, Brian, and our two sons where I occasionally garden and cook. Living in snow gives me the perfect excuse to get lost in reading and writing. I enjoy connecting with readers at conferences and on social media.

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Gina will be awarding a Samsung Galaxy Tablet (a 7" Nook) US Only to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.


  1. Congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

  2. What books are you looking to read in 2017? Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win. Bernie W BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

  3. I love to read historical fiction. Don't remember reading any Viking stories though. Sounds fun!

  4. Congrats on the new book and good luck on the book tour!

  5. Excellent review! Looking forward to checking out this book!

  6. Hope you are having a fabulous weekend! Can't wait to read this book!